Statewide update—April 21, 2011

Current IL Senate Districts

Chicago Sun-TimesBrown: Reformers aim to shed light on redistricting, “In the past, that process has sometimes miraculously occurred overnight, going from rumor to done deal while the voters of Illinois slept. This year, however, a number of good government and civic groups have dedicated themselves to making sure the process is at least exposed to some sunshine.

The current redistricting process mainly serves to protect incumbents and perpetuate the slim choices available to voters, which is why I want to see the maps, too.”

  • Chicago TribuneEditorial: Chicago State audit, hearings: Still flunking the basics, “The school best known for its failure to graduate students is now on the hot seat for failing to bill them for tuition. Chicago State University has been slapped with a state audit that noted 41 problems, including misuse of purchase cards, misspent grants, poorly supervised contractors and assorted accounting irregularities.”
  • (AP) Bloomington PantagraphUnion questions Illinois treasurer pension comments, “A major state employee union objects to the Illinois treasurer opening the door to making workers contribute more money to their pensions. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Wednesday that increasing worker costs would violate the Illinois Constitution, which bars cutting pension benefits for current employees.”
  • Southtown Star—Blago retrial off to quiet start, “More than 100 would-be members of the jury that will decide Blagojevich’s fate this time around started filling out their 38-page questionnaires Wednesday in a part of the Dirksen Federal Courthouse set aside to process potential panelists, court official Donald Walker said.”
  • Daily-JournalMateno: TIF funds to be released, “Manteno will return $267,792.98 in surplus funds from its two tax increment financing districts to local governmental bodies at its May meeting.”

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